Mayor to use PAC against candidates in stop-and-frisk fight: report

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on May 30, 2013.  Credit: Reuters
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on May 30, 2013.
Credit: Reuters

A source close to the mayor has reportedly told the New York Post information contrary to the mayor’s answer to a reporter at the Pride Parade on Sunday: though Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that votes trump money in an election, he will reportedly attempt to use his wealth against the City Council members who voted in favor of the two Community Safety Act bills last week.

A Post reporter asked the mayor if he would use his political action committee to do just that, due to his fierce opposition to the anti-profiling bill and another bill that would install an inspector general to monitor the NYPD.

“Forget about my PAC, I think you should urge your readers to vote for those people who want to keep this city safe,” the mayor said.

Then he added, more seriously: “It’s votes that matter, not money, okay?”

But the Post’s source reportedly said otherwise.

“The mayor believes actions have consequences, and [he] certainly hasn’t ruled out holding members accountable for their votes,” the Post’s source reportedly said.

The Council approved both bills with a veto-proof majority, though the profiling bill more narrowly than the inspector general bill. The profiling bill had just enough voted in favor, at 34-17. Proponents of the bill hope it will curtail the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk.

A veto-proof majority of 34 votes or more allows the Council to override the mayor’s promised veto of both bills. If the mayor’s office is able to change the minds of any of the council members who voted in favor, his veto would stand.

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson has promised to “recanvass as many members as [he] can” to do just that, he told the Post.

“I’ve got the time to talk to all members,” Wolfson said.

Council member Erik Dilan, one of the administration’s major targets, reportedly told the Post a change of heart is tough to come by.

“Once you go on the record as having voted for something the first time around, it’s hard to change your vote without a substantial revelation of fact,” Dilan told the Post.

The Post reported that the mayor’s PAC spent $12 million last year against candidates who opposed gun control and gay marriage.

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

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